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This month's speaker: Justin Schieber.

In 1993, philosopher J.L. Schellenberg published a book in which he argued that a subset of people who do not believe in God constitute strong evidence against the very existence of God. Since it's publication, his book 'Divine Hiddenness and Human Reason' has led to a rich and fascinating conversation in the philosophical literature that puts the lie to the claim that nobody ever says anything new in debates about God. Justin Schieber will be unpacking Schellenberg's core argument and exploring the strengths of the many seemingly desperate responses that have emerged from the philosophical and theological woodwork.

Justin is co-host of the Reasonable Doubts (http://doubtcast.org/) Radio Show and Podcast and currently serves on the advisory board of the Grand Rapids, Michigan chapter of Center For Inquiry (http://cfimichigan.org/). Justin enjoys promoting a friendly, yet firm, skepticism toward religious claims. He has lectured on the philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God and has participated in many public debates in the United States and Canada.

We will also have original music performed by Rachel Wilhelm.

Our latest newsletter is now available! We have some exciting new changes and a guest column in this edition.

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The Fellowship of Freethought, as part of its mission to promote a family-friendly organization that emphasizes education, socialization, and charity, will be encouraging its members to gather together once a month to learn from each other, share in each others' lives, and coordinate outreach to the community. These "Gatherings" will combine music, short presentations, and special announcements all running alongside a fun yet educational youth program. Following presentations and youth activities is a potluck meal to encourage close fellowship among all members.

Potluck Tips

Let's make this potluck great for everyone by following some time–tested tips…

Bring a main dish, or hearty side. FoFDallas will supply the desserts, drinks, ice, napkins, plates, cups, and eating utensils. Tip: home–cooked is better and cheaper than pre–made foods at the store, but those are an alternative if you are in a rush.

Bring a sufficient amount. A good rule of thumb is to bring enough to feed yourself, your family, and your guests — as if that were all you had to eat — preferably with some left over.

Food should be "ready to serve". It should be cooked, cut, and ready for someone to quickly put it on their plate as they walk through the line.

Label your item. Use a notecard to indicate what the item is, and perhaps what is in it (if it's not obvious). If it's vegetarian and/or vegan–friendly, you can note that as well. This is especially important if your dish contains one of the most common food allergens: milk, eggs, peanuts (groundnuts), nuts from trees (including Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and walnuts), fish, shellfish (including mussels, crab and shrimps), soy products, and wheat.

If you are able to plan your pot luck dish in advance, or at least know the type of dish you can commit to bringing, please indicate main, side, vegetarian, diabetic, etc in your RSVP comments.

If you have your own suggestions on how to make the potluck better, please let Jeffrey know.

Applications for Voting Membership will be collected at the Gatherings.

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